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Summer Camps For Kids

Jun 25, 2012   //   by McKeever Center   //   Blog, Events, School Programs  //  No Comments
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McKeever is offering a series of summer camps for children ages 5-14. If you’re looking for a fun yet meaningful summer experience for your children, consider one of the McKeever camps. Each camp is designed to connect children with the natural world through play, adventure and fun. You can find detailed information and registration forms on McKeever’s website at www.mckeever.org. From the home page, click on the summer camps tab at the top of the page.

Nature Day Camps

June 11-15, 2012 (Ages 5-7)

July 16-20, 2012 (Ages 8-9)

Our Nature Day Camps are designed to connect children with the natural world through play, adventure and fun – all of which takes place in the natural world at McKeever, it’s trails, forests, streams and the many plants and animals that live there. Throughout the camp, we instill a sense of wonder while children explore the natural world around them. The weeklong camp runs 9AM – 3PM each day. Cost: $95/camper

Earthkeepers Level II

June 20-22, 2012

Earthkeepers Level II is for those students who have earned all four keys and one bead. During this experience, you will gain knowledge about how the earth works by crawling inside the world’s largest leaf, traveling to the “City of the Future” and becoming a part of the Sun’s Bucket Brigade. Other adventures include finding a new magic spot and learning the secrets of becoming a “Nightwatcher.” Cost: $139/camper, includes two nights lodging, seven meals, instruction and materials.

Earthkeepers Summer Camp

July 11-13, 2012

This overnight experience involves students going through the Earthkeepers program, a three-day experience where children earn a set of keys and become an Earthkeeper. A mysterious, unseen character known as E.M. permeates the Earthkeepers program. As the keeper of the keys, E.M. is everyone’s dream of the wizard of the woods. This summer camp is for children ages 10-11. Cost: $139/camper, includes two nights lodging, seven meals, instruction and materials.

Outdoor Adventure Camp

August 8-10, 2012

This three-day overnight camp is for children ages 12-14. Outdoor skills and adventures await, as participants will have an opportunity to hike, canoe and cycle. While honing these skills, we’ll begin working on developing a personal relationship with the natural world. Mornings include sessions on wildlife, ecology, leave no trace and orienteering. Cost: $139/camper, includes two nights lodging, seven meals, instruction and materials.

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Workshops for Teachers and Non-Formal Educators

Jun 25, 2012   //   by McKeever Center   //   Blog, Events, Sustainable Practices  //  No Comments
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Sustainability in the Classroom Workshop

June 19-21, 2012

This workshop was made possible through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Education. The workshop has three tracks: Organic Farming/Gardening, Climate Change/Marcellus Shale and a workshop titled “Contemplative Experiences . . . in the service of the earth.”

The participants will spend a half-day (on two days) at local organic farms. Three Sisters Farm has been growing and marketing organic produce since 1989. Here you will find 5-acres of gardens that incorporates the permaculture design principles on their farm. After an in-depth overview of their operation, participants will be assigned tasks and begin their ‘chores’.

The next day we’ll travel to Ellen Benek’s farm outside of Sandy Lake. In addition to an impressive organic garden, the Benek’s produce their own milk, yogurt and cheese from their goats. Once again, depending on what needs done at this time of the year will determine our chores for the morning.

Dr. Randall Wiesenmayer, professor of science education at West Virginia University will begin with the basics of the greenhouse effect and the presentation of evidence that the Earth’s climate is warming. But what mechanisms are causing these changes? Is this just a natural cycle like those that have occurred during the past millions of years, or are human activities the cause?

The last part of the workshop will be Steve Van Matre’s Contemplative Experience workshop. This workshop begins Wednesday evening from 6:30 – 9:30 PM and continues Thursday 9 AM – 5 PM. Steve will conduct this powerful workshop, as participants will have the opportunity to examine their personal relationship with the natural world.

Cost: $110, includes two nights lodging, lunch and dinner on Tuesday, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Wednesday and breakfast and lunch on Thursday, instruction, books and materials.

 

Contemplative Experience. . .in the service of the Earth.

June 20-21, 2012

In these busy times it is easy to get so involved in our daily activities that we lost sight of where we are going in our lives. This workshop is designed to help us consider our personal relationship with the natural world and our role in the movement to sustain it. This is a time to ponder why we do what we do, and refine our own personal quest to be of service to both the planet’s natural systems and communities and its human passengers.

The environmental movement is the largest movement in human history, cutting across all geographic, political and spiritual boundaries. So where do we fit into that movement personally? What is the abstraction we champion, and how can we share it with others?

Cost: $145/person – includes workshop, Wednesday night lodging, dinner on Wednesday and breakfast and lunch on Thursday. The workshop is from 6:30 – 9:30 PM on Wednesday and 9 AM – 5 PM on Thursday. Once we receive your registration and payment, confirmation will be sent to you with detailed information about the workshop.

 

Interpretive Design & the dance of experience Workshop

June 22-23, 2012

Join us for a special workshop with Steve Van Matre.

Interpretation is the craft of enriching the experience of leisure visitors in places established for the public good. The world’s parks and preserves, gardens and galleries, museums and monuments are the jewels of our societies, set aside because they represent the natural and cultural treasures we want to celebrate today and share with others tomorrow. As a result, they are mission-driven places which also need to justify and garner support for what they are protecting. An interpreter translates the natural and cultural language of such places for its visitors, while immersing them in the essence of its purpose.

Interpretive designers create the leisure journeys that interpreters implement. Just as we have designers today for the buildings, signs, grounds, exhibits, and other components of our mission-driven public places, we need “interpretive designers” who focus on the most important component, the actual experience of the visitors who come. This is a new profession which works with the whole experience that other designers only facilitate in part. Interpretive designers help sites mold their interpretive facilities around the outcomes they intend rather than the structures they inherit. These designers create the interrelated experiential vehicles of interpretive service.

Interpretive Design is for all those who assist visitors in getting to know their public jewels – leisure sites from Aquaria to Zoos – and who aim to enrich those visitors’ experiences in meaningful and memorable ways.

Cost: $225/person – includes workshop, Friday night lodging, lunch and supper on Friday and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Workshop is from 9 AM – 5 PM on both Friday and Saturday. Once we receive your registration and payment, confirmation will be sent to you with detailed information about the workshop.

 

Hardwood Lumber Grading Short Course

July 23-26, 2012

The value of ‘rules conscious’ employees is a more carefully manufactured product, a more profitable yield from the log, and a better sense of the value of the lumber being handled. This four-day course will include a thorough study and explanation of the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) Rules Book, emphasizing the basics of hardwood lumber inspection.

This popular course gives yardmen, sawyers, edgermen, sales and office staff, and management level personnel an introduction to lumber inspection. Our instructor is Barry Kibbey, inspector and instructor from the NHLA.

The cost of the course is $349 and includes ten meals, lunch on Monday through lunch on Thursday, three nights lodging, instruction and materials. You can register by downloading a registration flyer from McKeever’s website. From the home page, click the calendar tab, and then click on Hardwood Lumber Grading Short Course. You can also contact the center for more information.

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Outdoor Programs for School Year 2012-13

Jun 25, 2012   //   by McKeever Center   //   Blog, McKeever Center News, School Programs  //  No Comments
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If your school is thinking about participating in one of our outdoor learning experiences next year, now is the time to start thinking about reserving a date. We have already scheduled quite a few schools for the Earthkeepers and Sunship Earth programs. A few slots are available for each of these programs.

Before the end of this school year, information will go out to all schools that have already participated in our day programs. This letter will enable you to request certain dates. Please remember, dates for the day programs are on a first-come, first served basis.

For those schools that cannot visit the McKeever Center, remember we can bring our “Where Energy Comes From” program to your school.

If you want to become more familiar with our educational programs, visit our website. From the home page, click on “School Programs.”

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A World of 7 Billion

Oct 13, 2011   //   by McKeever Center   //   Blog  //  No Comments
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Before the clock strikes midnight on December 31, 2011, planet earth will have on board 7 billion humans. Seven billion is so difficult to grasp. The rate of adding people to planet earth is 4 people every second, 262 every minute and 15,735 every hour. There’s no doubt that people have an impact on the planet and its natural systems of life. How we interact with these systems of life directly impacts the very things that support our lives – air, water and soil. Our use of fossil fuel energy has had a tremendous impact on the environment. One only needs to look back at the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Gulf oil spill and most recently the Yellowstone River oil spill.

Earth - 7 Billion PeopleWith an increasing population, comes an increase in use of fossil fuel energy and material resources. How we use energy and materials will determine what kind of planet we leave our children and future generations.

Population Connection has launched a project ‘World of 7 Billion.’ Since 1975, they have developed age-appropriate, value-neutral curricula to complement students’ science and social science instruction about human population trends and their impacts on natural resources, environmental quality and human well-being. Classroom activities are relevant to national and state-level content standards and all are matched to the content standards for a range of subject areas.

To assess these materials visit www.worldof7billion.org.

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